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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
The front PDC has 4 parking sensors fitted on the front bumper which requires 6 wires from PDC ECU to the front. So basically the retrofit is about how to connect the front PDC sensors and PDC ECU via 6 wires.
I have successfully done this on my F54, I believe F56/F55/F57 should be the same.
You can find how to retrofit the rear PDC at below link if your car has no PDC at all.

1, wiring

PDC ECU pin out

Below red boxes showing the pins that are needed for front PDC retrofit, 4 signal wires for 4 PDC sensors and all 4 sensors are using the same power and ground wire. So total 6 wires needed.

I would suggest running 8 wires rather than just 6. Pin2 and Pin13 are for PMA, better run the additional wires at same and retrofit it later. Also you could just leave them there if you don’t need them.
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X252 6pin connector pin out
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Below table shows the X252 pin out and which pin need connected at PMA ECU end.
6pin pin out​
Wire size​
PMA pin location​
Wire colour code​
Description​
1​
0.35​
B41 pin14​
BL/GR​
Positive​
2​
0.35​
B41 pin1​
BL/GN​
Ground​
3​
0.35​
B41 pin11​
BL/SW​
Front outer left​
4​
0.35​
B41 pin12​
BL/BR​
Front centre right​
5​
0.35​
B41 pin4​
GN/WS​
Front outer right​
6​
0.35​
B41 pin3​
BR/WS​
Front centre left​


Front PDC wireing detail (with PMA)
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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
2, Materials

Below table shows the materials that needed for this retrofit
Description​
QTY​
Note​
F54 P/N​
Front centre parking sensor​
2​
Don't have to be BMW/Mini sensors​
66209274427​
Front outer parking sensor​
2​
Don't have to be BMW/Mini sensors​
66209274428​
Wiring set PDC, front​
1​
This is the F54 wires​
61129396026​
Switch unit, center console (optional)​
1​
You need choose the right one for your car. Also front PDC works without this switch.​
61316838209/61319319016/61319319018​
Trim, bumper front​
1​
This is the one in the middle of your front trim.​
51117451338​
Black band spoiler, front​
1​
You need choose the right one for your car​
51117451353/51117451350​
PDC ECU crimps with wire​
8​
This is the crimp with wire attached, the crimps are standard TE MQS female crimps 5-962885-5/5-962885-6/5-962885-1​
61130056960​
X252 6pin crimps with wire​
6​
This is the crimp with wire attached, the crimps are standard TE MQS female crimps 5-962885-5/5-962885-6/5-962885-1 with rubber seals​
61130005200​
X252 6pin housing​
1​
No idea the BMW part number, but this is standard TE MQS housing, part number is 967616-1​
Unknown​
X252 rubber seal​
6​
No idea the BMW part number, but this is standard TE MQS housing, part number is 967067-1/967067-2/967056-1 (same unit, just different colour).
Don’t need them if you bought the crimps with wire from BMW/Mini​
Unknown​
Wires​
8​
8 meters each wire, you only need a total 6 for PDC. Again I did 2 additional wires. You can choose your own colour, or you can use the same colour wire with labels.​
0.35 wires, I used 23AWG​

Bumper trims:
I didn't buy the front bumper trim, I drilled holes on my own bumper. The PDC brackets are not for sale individually.
I bought a damaged whole front bumper with those brackets, I removed those brackets and used them on my car. Just for reference the outer holes are 51mm and centre holes are 31mm. But they are not standard holes, they are slope holes. I end up using a knife to make 4 slope holes after drill standard holes ( believe me, not fun at all).

Crimps:
For the crimps, again I didn't buy the BMW/Mini crimps. I made my own crimps so that I don't have to solder them.

Sennsors:
Parking sensor, you can use BMW/Mini sensors, also there are many others brands you can use.
Valeo makes the same sensors, puts different logos and ships to different car manufacturers.


From the above link, you can easily find the actual Valeo sensors' part number or the other car that used the same sensor.
For example,
BMW:66209274427
Valeo P/N:890019
Audi/VW/Skoda/SEAT/PORSCHE : 5Q0919275/5Q0 919 275 B /5Q0919275B /5Q0919275BGRU
MERCEDES-BENZ: 0009055504/0009059300/A0009055504
TOYOTA: 89341-F4010-C0/89341-F4020-A0/89341-F4020-A1/89341-F4020-B0.......
VOLVO: 31381691/31400992/31471005
LAND ROVER: LR059784

** Check your sensors as soon as you receive them. Use a multimeter, check the resistance between pin1 and pin3 on your sensor. The reading needs between 1.5-1.8M ohms. Don't ask, I learnt the hard way ( I removed my front bumper twice to find out that I have 2 faulty 6620927447 sensors).

Wires

Regarding wires, my car is UK spec and I end up to run wires via the left side firewall which is why it needs 8 meters for each wire. I also used car fabric harness tape to protect the wires that I made.

All my parts are from ebay or Aliexpress.
 

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3, wiring from PDC ECU to X252 connector.

My car is F54 UK spec, I check the firewall and can’t find any spare grommet on the right side of the car to let my 8 wires go through. So I decided to run wires from PDC ECU to the left side of the car to cross the firewall as I can easily find 2 unused grommets.
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Below the red line is my wiring route.
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To do the wiring, you need to remove the boot trim on both sides, left door trims and glove box.

*DO NOT fit crimps on wires before going through the firewall.


Here are some photos during my retrofit.
Insert crimps to the PDC ECU and then start making my own wire loom.
Hood Motor vehicle Automotive design Auto part Computer hardware

There is lots of space under the boot door trims.
Hood Trigger Motor vehicle Tire Bumper

I attached the new wires to the existing wires route on the left side.
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Automotive exterior Automotive design Fixture Motor vehicle Vehicle door

The grommet that I used on the firewall.
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Car Motor vehicle Vehicle Hood Automotive design

I didn’t use any cable tie inside the car, I used car fabric harness tape to tape my wires to existing wires to avoid any noise. For sure I used cable ties in the engine bay to secure my wires.

The X252 connector should reach to the back of your windscreen wash bottle. Here is the photo:
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You’ll have better understanding from below video:

 

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4, Front PDC install

First, remove the front bumper, there are lots of guides already. The most difficult part is to remove the front wheel arch trim.

Here is my tips:
1), only remove the front 3 clips.
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2), all above 3 clips can be pushed out from inside. I used a small socket which was just about the same size of the clip.
Below photo is the first one. You can’t see the third one, you can reach it easily. The middle one can be pulled out or you can release the wheel arch and push it from back.
Bumper Bicycle part Motor vehicle Automotive exterior Rim

Hand Finger Bumper Vehicle door Automotive mirror


3) there are 4 latches at the front of the trim, on CooperS you can reach 3 out of the 4 latches with a long stick.
Input device Game controller Audio equipment Electronic instrument Gadget
Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Grille

Using a long stick from the front vent you can easily release the 2 clips in the green circle and the front part of the yellow circle. From the back vent, you can reach the other half latch in the yellow circle. You can reach the red one if you remove the headlight, I used a fine stick to release the latch in the red circle when I have a tiny gap between trims.


Once removed the front bumper, just swap trims if you bought new trims.
There are marks already on non-PDC ready trims, I made holes in mine.
Blue Green Automotive tire Tire Wheel
Automotive tire Grey Wood Line Tread

Brackets from donate bumper
Fixture Wood Door Gas Metal
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Regarding the wiring, the 6pin connector needs to be attached to the back of the screen wash bottle. You would be better using the bottom fixing point as the PDC wires are just about the right length, really tight fit. You need to make sure to let the connector mating end facing outside, so you can plug your newly made connector to it.
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Then you run the loom to the front crash bar, and attach the wire clips to your front bumper (yes, the front bumper). Becareful at this part, the Mini didn’t give much space to attach them to the front bumper.
Clips
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Fixing point on front bumper.
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5, coding

Simply change VO 507 to 508 and apply to PMA, HU and BDC.
Now you should see parking in your setting list and you can choose active/deactivate auto PDC.
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The front PDC will show on your HU display when selecting reverse gear.
Your front PDC will automatically activate at low speed if you activate the auto PDC(I believe is about 8 miles/hour), but it only gives you beeps and changes screen to PDC screen when you are about 0.5m or less to an objective at front.

You can also manually active/deactivate the PDC function if you have the parking switch fitted.

Hope this can help others who want to have a front PDC on their car.
 

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5, coding

Simply change VO 507 to 508 and apply to PMA, HU and BDC.
Now you should see parking in your setting list and you can choose active/deactivate auto PDC.
View attachment 73534
The front PDC will show on your HU display when selecting reverse gear.
Your front PDC will automatically activate at low speed if you activate the auto PDC(I believe is about 8 miles/hour), but it only gives you beeps and changes screen to PDC screen when you are about 0.5m or less to an objective at front.

You can also manually active/deactivate the PDC function if you have the parking switch fitted.

Hope this can help others who want to have a front PDC on their car.
do you have maunal coding for front PDC, I have rear PDC only and rear camera.
But unfortunately car is from usa fter coding to Europe (F54 2017).
So I don't want to change FA and all coding to europe from begining
 

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5, coding

Simply change VO 507 to 508 and apply to PMA, HU and BDC.
Now you should see parking in your setting list and you can choose active/deactivate auto PDC.
View attachment 73534
The front PDC will show on your HU display when selecting reverse gear.
Your front PDC will automatically activate at low speed if you activate the auto PDC(I believe is about 8 miles/hour), but it only gives you beeps and changes screen to PDC screen when you are about 0.5m or less to an objective at front.

You can also manually active/deactivate the PDC function if you have the parking switch fitted.

Hope this can help others who want to have a front PDC on their car.
Hi,

I have an left hand F57 Cooper S with rear PDC. I have got the BMW wire and the front sensors upgraded the bumper etc. Everything is place but I cannot find someone in my country to code it.

If I buy the e-sys cable is it doable by a beginner to do the change VO 507 to 508 and apply to PMA, HU and BDC? A person working in BMW service told me that it is risky to do it because I may damage the car coding ... and could not even start afterwards ...

Your input is much appreciated!
 

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I used e-sys and I managed to change the VO to 508, then activated the new FA and Coding -> Read ECU and then right click and code BDC_BODY, HU, PMA.
The result was to get an error message when I restarted the car saying the PDC is off, reverse lights malfunction and I should contact service...
I tried to reverse the process changing VO back to 507 and code BDC, HU, PMA but I'm still getting the same message...
Any ideas what went wrong?

I have used only original parts including the harness from front sensors to PDC module and the installation was done by an experienced technician...
 

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I used e-sys and I managed to change the VO to 508, then activated the new FA and Coding -> Read ECU and then right click and code BDC_BODY, HU, PMA.
The result was to get an error message when I restarted the car saying the PDC is off, reverse lights malfunction and I should contact service...
I tried to reverse the process changing VO back to 507 and code BDC, HU, PMA but I'm still getting the same message...
Any ideas what went wrong?

I have used only original parts including the harness from front sensors to PDC module and the installation was done by an experienced technician...
ISTA help me to identify the problem, a faulty cable in one of the 4 sensors was causing the malfunction, I have successfully re-coded the car to the factory setting until we fix the hardware problem, all good.
 

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3, wiring from PDC ECU to X252 connector.

My car is F54 UK spec, I check the firewall and can’t find any spare grommet on the right side of the car to let my 8 wires go through. So I decided to run wires from PDC ECU to the left side of the car to cross the firewall as I can easily find 2 unused grommets.
View attachment 73508
Below the red line is my wiring route.
View attachment 73509
To do the wiring, you need to remove the boot trim on both sides, left door trims and glove box.

*DO NOT fit crimps on wires before going through the firewall.


Here are some photos during my retrofit.
Insert crimps to the PDC ECU and then start making my own wire loom.
View attachment 73510
There is lots of space under the boot door trims.
View attachment 73511
I attached the new wires to the existing wires route on the left side.
View attachment 73512
View attachment 73513
The grommet that I used on the firewall.
View attachment 73517 View attachment 73516
I didn’t use any cable tie inside the car, I used car fabric harness tape to tape my wires to existing wires to avoid any noise. For sure I used cable ties in the engine bay to secure my wires.

The X252 connector should reach to the back of your windscreen wash bottle. Here is the photo:
View attachment 73518 View attachment 73519
You’ll have better understanding from below video:

Hi, I have retrofit the Parking switch on the dash and it lights up when i put my car in reverse.My 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman also has rear PDC with the module in the rear.I have no front parking sensors and want to do OEM front parking sensors.Where does the front parking sensor bumper plug into?.I do not find the connector near the wash bottle in my F60.If the wires travel to the rear where do the crimps of the front PDC plug into.My rear PDC module has 2 rows of 9pins=18 in all.My rear PDC module has a connector from the rear PDC sensors that is of 10 cables.How to make the connections?. Thanks.
 

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Hi, I have retrofit the Parking switch on the dash and it lights up when i put my car in reverse.My 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman also has rear PDC with the module in the rear.I have no front parking sensors and want to do OEM front parking sensors.Where does the front parking sensor bumper plug into?.I do not find the connector near the wash bottle in my F60.If the wires travel to the rear where do the crimps of the front PDC plug into.My rear PDC module has 2 rows of 9pins=18 in all.My rear PDC module has a connector from the rear PDC sensors that is of 10 cables.How to make the connections?. Thanks.
the first post shows where to connect to your rear PDC's connectors on your PMA unit.
countryman should be the same as clubman, you need check your car first.
 

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5, coding

Simply change VO 507 to 508 and apply to PMA, HU and BDC.
Now you should see parking in your setting list and you can choose active/deactivate auto PDC.
View attachment 73534
The front PDC will show on your HU display when selecting reverse gear.
Your front PDC will automatically activate at low speed if you activate the auto PDC(I believe is about 8 miles/hour), but it only gives you beeps and changes screen to PDC screen when you are about 0.5m or less to an objective at front.

You can also manually active/deactivate the PDC function if you have the parking switch fitted.

Hope this can help others who want to have a front PDC on their car.
hello good job, thanks for your tutorial I was able to install the front pdc on my f45 identical connection, but on esys when I change to 508 and code BDC, HU and PMA2 .. the sensors work but I lose the image on my HU which remains black.. and the pdc button does not react.. any idea? , maybe because I didn't code the bdc zgw?
 
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